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World news for students of English in three levels ⇑ Dead easy!

¤ Special English

A simple form of the English language, used by a public radio station called Voice of America, run by the United States government in Special English programs […]

English accents – British accents

♦ American comedian Elon Gold ↓ …on English accents

You know, the problem that here in America, when it comes to the English, we mistake accents with intelligent; right? We think they’re smart, because no matter what they’re talking about, they sound quite intelligent.

It doen’t really matter; they […]

Short texts & proverbs

«Good stuff, if brief, twice as good.» – It was an Aragonese writer that said that (Baltasar Gracián)

There are two good reasons why English learners should take interest in these expressions of oral tradition. For one thing, they provide an extraordinary word bank you can always turn to […]

Development of Argument Skills


Click here → Development Of Argument Skills to know a little bit more.

Think carefully what to say when you begin a discussion.

Try to “win” the argument as quickly as you can. Say sorry if something is really your fault. Never avoid an argument by refusing to talk. […]


The word “traduce” is a falso amigo for Spaniards. It actually means ‘calumniar’, ‘difamar’ [Eng. “slander”]. Need I say more?

What follows is some modern fiction passages translated into Spanish.

To start with, here’s my own translation of the beginning and end of …

♦ JD […]

The Middle East

↓ This Land Is Mine [from Nina Paley]

◊→ Israel_Birth Of A Nation ⇐

The 1948 Arab–Israeli War, known to Israelis as the War of Independence (Hebrew: מלחמת העצמאות or מלחמת הקוממיות‎, Milkhemet Ha’atzma’ut or Milkhemet Hakomemmiyut or Hebrew: מלחמת השחרור‎, Milkhemet Hashikhrur literally «war of liberation») — was fought between […]

Andy Warhol

¤ Synopsis of biography below . . .

Born Andrew Warhola on August 6, 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Andy Warhol’s parents were Slovakian immigrants, living in one of Pittsburgh’s Eastern European ethnic enclaves.

At the age of 8, Warhol contracted Chorea—also known as St. Vitus’s Dance—a rare and sometimes fatal […]

Lenny Bruce [1925-1966]

◊ Kids sniffing airplane glue ⇓

There were kids eight or nine years old, they were sniffing aeroplane glue, to get high on. These kids are responsible for turning musicians onto a lot of things they never knew about actually. So, I had a fantasy, how it happened. Kid is […]

How to destroy the world




I read this in theprisma (The Multicultural Newspaper) on 16th August 2012. ¤ Planned Obsolescence – Death on the Instalment Plan

An idea that belongs to capitalism: producing goods that soon stop working (programmed death) and have to be replaced time […]

Two centuries of piracy

Read Don C. Seitz’s ◊ Under The Black Flag: Exploits Of The Most Notorious Pirates

Riveting account traces careers of buccaneers of many nationalities across 2 centuries and around the globe —from the West Indies to the South Seas.

No access to the full book, but click the pic for a […]

England, England [J Barnes]

Julian Barnes contributes a previously unseen extract from his novel England, England.

Sir Jack Pitman creates a theme park on the Isle of Wight (=’England England’) that duplicates the tourist spots of England. Within easy walking distance are replicas of Big Ben (half size), Princess Di’s grave, Harrods, Stonehenge, and […]


→http://poetryoutloud.org/poems-and-performance/listen-to-poetry ¤ WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE [1564-1616] The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, Is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils; The motions of his spirit are dull as night And his affections dark as Erebus: Let no such man be trusted. Mark the music.

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Peter Carey


Olivier is an aristocrat, one of an endangered species born in France just after the Revolution. Parrot, the son of an itinerant English printer and twice Olivier’s age, always wanted to be an artist but has ended up a servant. Starting on different sides of […]

Don deLillo

¤ Director’s Cut: Underworld by Don DeLillo

For the 60th anniversary of the Shot Heard ‘Round the World, read an excerpt from

Pafko at the Wall ↓ the prologue to DeLillo’s American epic.

Another except from Underworld . . .

We were about thirty miles below the Canadian border […]

Adrian Mole [Sue Townsend]

Adrian Albert Mole is the fictional protagonist in a series of books by English author Sue Townsend (1946-2014). The character first appeared (as Nigel) in a BBC Radio 4 play in 1982. The books are written in the form of a diary, with some additional content such as correspondence. The […]

Aesop’s Fables . . .

Aesop was an Ancient Greek fabulist or story teller credited with a number of fables now collectively known as Aesop’s Fables⇐. Although his existence remains uncertain and no writings by him survive, numerous tales credited to him were gathered across the centuries and in many languages in a storytelling tradition that continues […]

LIFE and how to survive it

¤ Robin Skynner & John Cleese: LIFE and how to survive it [1993]

The Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing – [excerpts]

Robin: …I like the idea of a Greek psychologist called Charis Katakis. She’s taken a word we’re familiar with –‘myth’– and given it a wider meaning. Roughly, […]

Peter Sloterdijk

¤ The Grasping Hand The modern democratic state pillages its productive citizens [Winter 2010]

To assess the unprecedented scale that the modern democratic state has attained in Europe, it is useful to recall the historical kinship between two movements that emerged at its birth: classical liberalism and anarchism. Both were motivated by the […]

Inside of a dog

¤ Alexandra Horowitz: ‘Inside of a dog’ ⇓

In Inside of a Dog (What Dogs See, Smell and Know), Alexandra Horowitz evokes the dog’s perspective by interweaving the science of dog cognition and perception with personal reflections on her own dog’s behavior. Ranging from what it might be like to […]

Igor Stravinsky [1882-1971]

¤ The Rake’s Progress [excerpt]

Premiered in Vienna in 1951, The Rake’s Progress is one of the few modern operas that has a permanent place in the repertories of most contemporary opera companies. The Rake’s Progress is a masterpiece by two towering figures of the 20th century: the Russian-born composer Igor Stravinsky and […]